ICC denies match fixing claims in Al-Jazeera documentary

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On Monday, The International Cricket Council (ICC) denied the charges made by a prominent media outlet Al Jazeera’s programme.

In a documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match Fixers,’ by Al Jazeera. It claims that India’s games against England in 2016 and Australia in 2017 were fixed.

The ICC had opened an investigation into the claims made in the programme by the television channel.

It also cleared five persons who were taped by the channel. ICC claims that there was no solid proof that they did anything wrong despite their questionable behaviour.

An suspected bookie, Aneel Munnawar, was shown on the show making claims. About his shady connections and history of rigging matches, including two Test matches involving Virat Kohli’s Indian squad.

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ICC’s statement in a release

“The programme alleged that two matches were fixed: India v England in Chennai in 2016 and India v Australia in Ranchi in 2017. To assess whether the passages of play highlighted in the programme were unusual in any way, the ICC engaged four independent betting and cricketing specialists to analyse the claims,” the ICC said in a release on Monday.

“All four concluded that the passages of play identified in the programme as being allegedly fixed were entirely predictable, and therefore implausible as a fix,” the release added.

The ICC did not name the individuals exonerated.

However, they included former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza, Sri Lanka’s Tharanga Indika, and Tharindu Mendis- PTI

They’d agreed to participate in the inquiry being conducted by the world’s governing organisation.

While Robin Morris, a small-time Mumbai first class cricketer, was also there, he did not participate in the probe.

“No charges will be brought under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code against any of the five Participants to the Code who featured in the programme due to insufficient credible and reliable evidence,” the ICC said.

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